As we approach the anniversary of the January 6 attack, it is amusing to see that the party of insurrection can’t even manage an orderly transfer of power on its own. Rarely does karma happen so cleanly.
Kevin McCarthy nurtured a sense of reactionary nihilism in the Republican Party, first by trying to harness the energy of the Tea Party for his own ambition, and then by its near-total surrender to Donald Trump. Now the anarchic forces she promoted have, at least for the time being, derailed her goal of becoming House Speaker, causing her to suffer several public humiliations in what was supposed to be her moment of triumph.
It is still possible that McCarthy will manage to overcome this by making even more concessions to the growing bloc of Republicans who oppose him. However, it is unlikely that he would emerge as a leader in any sense.
Generally unable to corral his caucus for an easy vote, there is no chance that McCarthy will be able to get them on board for tough ones, such as keeping the government open or saving the country from plunging into default. Increase in loan limit for His best-case scenario is that he would be a fragile personality, hostage to rigid authority and constantly under threat of defilement. And even that scenario looks increasingly out of reach.
McCarthy’s approach to the far right has always been one of condescension. Despite his apparent lack of ideological conviction, he recruited several Tea Party candidates elected to the House in 2010. Capture a trend (in this case, government fear), put all your money on it, and then work hard to make the trend last. McCarthy persisted in this approach as the Tea Party evolved into Trumpism, earning Trump’s patronizing euphemism: “My Kevin.”
Marginalizing Trump after January 6th would have been politically risky for McCarthy, no doubt about it. But by flying to Mar-a-Lago to humiliate himself in front of Trump just weeks after the attack on the Capitol — signaling that Trump remained leader of the Republican Party — McCarthy helped seal his fate. Of. Trump is a major reason why the Republican House margin is as small as it is; Voters rejected many of Trump’s chosen candidates, as well as the party’s widespread election denialism. And although Trump himself has endorsed McCarthy, many of his disciples are hostile to anyone affiliated with the Republican establishment.
As The Times reported, of the 20 lawmakers who have voted against McCarthy, as of this writing, 17 have been endorsed by Trump in 2022. Five of them are new – these are people who are part of Trump’s remake of the Republican Party. of Arizona Eli Crane, for example, is a former contestant on the commercial reality show “Shark Tank,” where he pitched bottle openers made from dummy .50-caliber bullets. (“Open some bottles in the most manly way possible,” says an ad for the product.) Florida Anna Paulina Luna, an ally of Trump fanatic Matt Gaetz, is a veteran and former swimsuit model who built a career as a conservative rabble-rouser, most recently running Hispanic outreach for the right-wing organization Turning Point USA. These people seem to make brands as much as political careers, meaning they benefit from the high drama and have little need to work through Republican institutions.
The movement these characters are part of—the one McCarthy hoped would propel him to power—is not merely ideological. It is also a version of defiant, paranoid, anti-establishment attitudes and politics that prioritizes appearances over law-making. This is why McCarthy has found himself unable to negotiate with the holdouts. There are no real policy stakes, no concessions he can make on issues. The demands of the anti-McCarthy faction are largely about power and visibility, and whenever he meets those demands, they move the goal posts.
McCarthy apparently believed that by courting Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, an embodiment of hyper-performative politics, he could co-opt his wing of the party. He was willing to offer her valuable committee assignments, and according to Draper, even offered to create a new leadership position for her. But his elevation will be valuable to other Trumpists only if there are concrete things they hope to accomplish together. Putting Green on the Oversight Committee does nothing to help those who aspire to his notoriety. They don’t want policy; They want airtime.
One of the most surprising aspects of the House Republican crackup has been watching Greene fume as his shot at real power is thwarted by attention-seeking hard-liners. “They are proving to the country that they are just destroyers,” she said on Sunday. it was the incarnation of twitter meme: “I never thought a panther would eat my face,” sobbed the woman who voted to let panthers eat the People’s Faces Party.
By bowing out first to Trump and then to Green, all McCarthy has done is show other Republicans how much it pays to push him around. His downfall isn’t surprising: Almost no one has come forward to sell their soul to Trump. (The jury is still out on Republican conference chair Elise Stefanik.) These deals with the devil are always bad, I suspect, it’s not spiritual. It’s just that the Trump sycophant is ultimately undermined by his weak and flabby character.
McCarthy’s Republican opponents are correct in surmising that he believes in nothing and will bow to pressure; The proof is his inability to stand before them. Their mistake was that they were persuading themselves that a party prone to tyranny would reward submission.
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